Giant Rabbit Dies On United Airlines Flight


A 3-foot continental rabbit, Simon, recently died in the cargo section of a United Airlines flight from London to Chicago.

Rabbit breeder Annette Edwards explained her bewilderment to The Sun:

Simon had a vet’s checkup three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle. Something very strange has happened and I want to know what. I’ve sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before.

Edwards, who is also a former Playboy model, said the 10-month-old bunny was expected to eventually become the world's largest rabbit.

Ironically, the bunny was found dead at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport, which is where United Airlines suffered a huge PR debacle when airport police forcibly removed Dr. David Dao from an overbooked flight.

An airport source told The Sun: "After the viral video no one wanted responsibility for killing what was to be the world’s biggest rabbit."

Simon’s new owner, said to be a famous celebrity, has filed a claim against United Airlines, which released a statement:

We were saddened to hear this news. The safety and wellbeing of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team. We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are reviewing this matter.

In more overseas news, Theprit Palee, a medium in Chiang Mai, Thailand, died on April 25 after he stabbed himself in the heart to prove he was immortal, reports Coconuts Bangkok.

The incident occurred while Palee was honoring the ghosts of his ancestors in a Fon Pee Mot folk dance.

Theparit, who was reportedly worshipped by locals, shoved a sword toward his chest, as he has done every year.

The sword usually breaks before it reaches his chest, but for some reason the blade sunk in this time, notes Sanook, a Thai news site.

In other death news, Ahmad Al Shamri is facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia for "atheism and blasphemy," reports RT.

The young man, who was sentenced to death in February 2015, lost an appeal in a Saudi court on April 26 after spending three years in jail for his alleged crime.

Al Shamri was arrested in 2014 after he allegedly renounced Islam and announced his views in videos that he posted online.

Social media users supported and opposed Al Shamri's loss in court with an Arabic hashtag that translated to "apostate from Hafar Al-Batin."

Saudi Arabia is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Sources: The Sun, Coconuts Bangkok, RT / Photo credit: Tomas Del Coro/Flickr

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